Ashes Wednesday

Dear all,

today is Ashes Wednesday,

so for all of you who are celebrating … I wish you a happy beginning of this Lent season.

The 40 days before Easter.

A period of reflection, of self improvement and some sacrifices to do, maybe something we can avoid, some food habits we can change … and a soul recharging and rebirth.

Just to arrive well prepared to the Holy Easter. This year Easter will be on the 12th of April.

So still just the beginning of this Lent to start.

But I would like you all to take a moment to reflect.

Today with the Ashes Wednesday, we remind us all that we are going to go back to ashes one day.

So it is very important to reflect about our own life in a very humble way.

What are we seeking in this life? Money? Power? Success?

None of these things could truly give us real happiness.

Only love can. Only true love is able to enrich our souls. Love to give, love to share, love to have in our hearts also and especially in response to people who throw hate to us, who insult us, who show no respect.

Easy to reply to hate with hate, but to reply with love is the real challenge. Not to argue back, but replying with compassion and true love is the challenge.

Love your enimy. This is what Jesus asked us.

And when people question our religion, Jesus said that the only way people will spot our faith is through love (not from a cross or any other pointless dress code). From the love we will share, people will know we are Jesus disciples.

Because love is the essence of Christian religion.

Only one commandment Jesus gave us:

To love God with all our heart, soul and mind, and love our neighbor, as we love ourselves.

Full stop. All starts and ends with love. With love as the only rule for each of our behaviors.

And, as Martin Luther Kings reminded us, the only way to scatter darkness, is not with other darkness, but with light. Same with hate: only love can truly win hate. Always.

Love is stronger than anything else. Love will have the last word.

And it is fear that makes all so difficult everytime. Fear as the opposite of love. Win it with love.

And love is the love of compassion and understanding. Love is the love of forgivness and care.

Because we are all children of God on this planet. We all belong to only one human race. One race only.

So let’s together stop all hate and discriminations around. None of us is superior or better. We are all on a personal pathway in this life.

Let us become the better versions of ourselves.

Be good, do good. And it will all come back in return in a life of true happiness when the true joy comes from giving.

Take care you all

God bless you all

Happy Ashes Wednesday and beginning of Lent.

 

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All the best

Barbara

Easter dress code

Easter …

Happy Easter everyone first of all!

I was just wondering which is your own outfit for Easter?

Christmas celebrations is, let’s say, quite easier because it is winter (I know not in Australia but …), and is big family gatherings, with parents and closed ones … so definitely the outfit needed goes towards the smart side. But not as smart as New Year’s Eve, I mean more sober, with less sparkling lights, and more warm colors and red. Yes, red. I remember this past Christmas my dress was just red, a warm dark colored red, but red. Red seems the perfect color for those festivities. But not for Easter.

So then what?

Well mostly depends on the weather. And when Easter falls each year.

This year, 2017, we are speaking about the 16th of April, so already Spring time, started a while ago, and quite hot also. Some rains here in Florence, but no more coats for sure! No more wool also.

So then what?

It mostly depends where we have to go to.

My Easter will be quite simple tomorrow, just me and my mum, so I do not have to exaggerate, I wouldn’t have anyway.

So maybe not jeans and hoodie, but not even a smart evening outfit too.

But for sure we have to make a difference with everyday dressing, so maybe we could go for some details to stress that it is a “special day”.

I remember once, years ago, I was just on a trip with friends, so Easter lunch was as simple and as warm as friends company is.

We use to say: “Christmas with your family, and Easter with whoever you want!”

So in the end it will be up to you! Depending on the company and the location of course! High heels in the countryside maybe not …

Be at ease. Not too formal. Something you can feel you are aware of the special day that is, but with a more “soul dressing” than body clothing.

What about the colors?

Freedom of choice. Maybe a touch of color yes, not black or grey only. We need colors. As color therapy also teaches, we have to be lifted up also by bright colors.

My city, Florence, has the Purple as color for our football team, so I do love it really, I am wearing it today also! So why not a nice purple?

So for Easter dress code I would advice moderation, but colors!

And have a lovely Easter time everyone, trying not to eat too much chocolate and cakes! But anyway enjoy!

I remember spending my Easter in London, when I was living there, quite many years ago, working … Some chocolate arrived anyway but it was a working outfit I was wearing …

Anyway, most of all we have to feel Easter inside, in our hearts.

So let’s the light inside us be the shining light that dresses ourselves also.

Love has to be the best ever outfit we could ever wear, in our sight, in our gestures, to make everything brighter.

Happy Easter again to everyone.

You all take care!

See you next

Barbara